Rep Cup 2021: Tigers Mixed, Sharks Mens Claim Wins

The Brisbane Tigers have clawed their way to victory with a hard fought 5-1 win over the North Brisbane Sharks.

Based at Taringa, the result marks their first successful Representative campaign since 2012.

Boasting a number of players from Taringa’ top mixed team Kickaholics Anonymous, the Tigers’ style of play matched their nightly team albeit with a few new faces.

The ladies proved the difference during the pool rounds with Eliza Mooney, Brooke Hawthorne and Emmie Folan-Murphy all notching up doubles.

For the guys, Queensland Origin quick Trent Gossner ranked equal second with three tries, while Kickaholics’ own Jared Lane and Victorious Secret’s Nathan Cox crossed for two.

Not to be outdone, the Sharks boasted three of the top four mixed guys top try scorers in Jake Coolwell (4), Adriano Galie (3) and Scott Walker (3).

The girls also proved fruitful with Chloe Storm, Lilia Kurtz and Amanda Chilcott all notching up a two-pointer.

Through the pool rounds, the Tigers claimed honours with a 4-1 victory in the first match.

The return leg was a much greater indicator of the sides with a 3-3 draw.

Four-time mixed winners, the North Brisbane Sharks relied heavily on team combinations as Ballerz’ trio Ben Hayes, Coolwell and Galie looking the most likely.

The Tigers however worked well as they skipped out to an early 3-0 due to the efforts of Eliza Mooney and Christian Kereszteny.

Sharks’ Jake Coolwell scored swiftly to snap back momentum.

It was all in vane as Kickaholics’ Mariah Debel posted the match winner in an incredible display.

Rep Tigers

The Barbarians are part of the newest Representative event expansion aimed to encompass a number of second tier players as well as past stars.

We were fortunate enough to name a mens and mixed team for the event and the individuality of the group was on full display.

The Barbarians’ mixed side showcased some supreme talent lead by Gerard Beale who crossed for two tries and set up four.

Cattledogs’ main-man Donald Grahame got amongst the scoring with two tries, while experienced girls Kelly Leaver and Tiff Hodson each bagged a try.

Barbarians’ mens side featured a whole host of past Sharks’ and Tigers’ players lead by former Nek Set and Shark stud Josh Pilks who notched up two tries.

Former Tigers’ Liam Sue, Jarad Neinert and Riley Wagner performed well after missing selection.

We hope to continue the Barbarian’s sides as we reward plenty of new and old Kick It players.

North Brisbane Sharks mens side has made it three in a row after defeating the Tigers 3-1 in a competitive final.

Undefeated throughout the pool rounds, victories over the Tigers with an 8-0 aggregate provided a false floor.

The awesome foursome of Jesse Ripley, Jackson Paton, Jayden Turnbull and Tristan Bell-Blissner posted a combined 12 tries.

Joeys’ own and captain Matthew Allen notched up two with teammate Mason Hasselmeyer.

Tigers’ Anthony Martin finished in equal first with three tries after a strong winter season at Taringa.

Teammates Jordan Kropp, Will Smith, Tom Primmer, Aidan McGuire and Corey Smith each crossed for two.

Key to any try is the lead up and this was critical for the Sharks.

Seven individual tallied a try assist, while Corey Pocock led the mens competition with two.

Tigers’ Kropp, Martin and Brad Preston each recorded two assists.

These names would feature in the final as the warm conditions brought a striking level of fatigue in the match.

The heavy rucking of the Tigers got their side on top early as they managed to prevail against the speed of the Sharks.

Near misses to Clancy Tickner and Jordan Kropp showed true fight as the Tigers’ enter their first mens final in three years.

The hit back was swift through Corey Pocock who gave his side a 1-0 lead at the break.

LGM’s try freak Dean Saxvik was gifted a try after Matthew Allen scooted through some offside defenders.

Speedster Will Smith got the Tigers on the board shortly after from a Brad Preston short ball in broken play.

Tristan Bell-Blissner pounced on a long-range kick as the Sharks went up 3-1.

The Tigers made plenty of opportunities late, however failed to capitalise as the Sharks’ defence held.

Well done to the Sharks on winning three consecutive mens grand finals.

Sharks Mens

Try scorers:
Sharks – Corey Pocock, Dean Saxvik, Tristan Bell-Blissner
Tigers – Will Smith

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We look forward to the next event in Toowoomba in April 2022.

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